McGoff Chairman to retire after 32 years

It is with personal sadness but warm wishes that the Board announce the retirement of our Chairman James McGoff, effective September 2021. James’s leaving marks the end of an era for the McGoff Group. 

In 1973 Jim and Ethna McGoff launched the trusted, regional contractor known as McGoff & Byrne. James was the first of the McGoff Brothers to enter the family business in 1989 and his 32 years in the family business have seen many significant accomplishments.

48 years on, McGoff Construction sits at the heart of a £130m domain of like-minded businesses collaboratively forming the McGoff Group. A seamless ability to acquire, design, build, operate and maintain across targeted healthcare, residential and commercial sectors has provided the platform for the Group to cement itself as the favoured choice for Clients, funders, JV partners & supply chain partners alike.

The Group is driven by family values, innovation, construction excellence and operational expertise. In an ever-changing, challenging environment the McGoff name signifies quality, agility and above all an unbreakable force that is well equipped to sustain the business for future generations to come.

James has played a critical role on the Board of Directors in the development and success of the business, forging 32 years of unbreakable relationships with colleagues, staff and clients alike. A much loved character, we will miss him and his charming and comical personality, we wish him the best of luck in his retirement and thank him for the 32 years of dedicated service to the family business. The board is truly excited for him as he enters into a new chapter in life.

A message from James McGoff

“I joined McGoff and Byrne Ltd in 1989, it was run directly by Mum and Dad being the only shareholders, the business was successful and profitable and was well respected, we worked in a geographical area known as Granada land, as per the coverage of the local TV station for many of the leading brewers and leisure brands at the time. The business at that time carried out mainly fast track pub and restaurant fit outs and renovations, together with a more stable and less frantically paced Local Authority work, school extensions and enveloping schemes.

We directly employed all the trades including ground workers, bricklayers, plasterers and plumbers, the business moved fast, staff were changed from site to site weekly and sometimes even daily, every one of the 60 odd site staff reported to the then head office at Dane Road 6 days a week having been collected in company buses and vans to be assigned a task and site for that day!

The scenes each morning of vans arriving, doors being flung open and men swapping vehicles with their bags and barrows of tools to orders barked from Dads right hand man Bill Daly always reminded me of being on the set the hit TV show Mike Reid’s Runaround!

The last 18 months have changed the world for all of us all, McGoff Construction and our repeat leisure clients, however it has led to an unprecedented demand for quality healthcare facilities to be swiftly and reliably delivered and has served to accelerate and reinforce the vision of the current Managing Directors in that the future for the business is in self delivery, with less reliance on competitive tendering for work in a shrinking marketplace.

I have been humbled by the commitment and hard work of my Brothers, the Board of Directors and our people in their passion for creating a truly purpose-driven company. I am very grateful to them, as I am to the companies many other stakeholders, with whom we have worked to build our long-term, sustainable business. I leave the business with unwavering pride, a lifetime of lessons and the most amazing memories.

The business is in great shape, with the best team and a healthy order book, it’s with sadness I write to you now but the direction of the business is right and the time is right for me, I will miss working with you all on a day to day basis and I thank you for your excellent work, loyalty and friendship over the years.”

Downtown Shortlisted at 2021 Insider Awards

The Insider North West Residential Property Awards 2021 brings together the people and businesses that have designed, developed, funded, built and continue to manage the built environment and recognising their outstanding achievements.

We are delighted to confirm that our landmark apartment development Downtown Manchester has been shortlisted in the Large Apartment Development of the Year category!

Insider Editorial Director Miri Thomas said: “It was hugely encouraging to see that despite the immense challenges of the past year, we received more entries for the 2021 event than we did for the previous year. The companies shortlisted here should be justly proud of their achievements and agility in these difficult times. This year’s event will be a celebration of the strength and resilience of the region’s residential property sector.”

Winners will be announced at a gala dinner to be held at Manchester Central on Friday 17 September 2021.

McGoff Group Lymm Development

The McGoff Group, in partnership with joint venture partner Macdonald Hotels, has secured funding deals with Puma Finance and Octopus to progress plans for an exciting new £28.25 million multi-generation development on the site of the former Lymm Hotel on Whitbarrow Road in Lymm, Cheshire.

The first of its kind in the North West, the project will comprise a state-of-the-art care facility, expertly designed children’s day nursery and 45 bespoke luxury retirement apartments in a leafy conservation area setting close to the village and adjacent to the Trans Pennine Trail.

Designed by the McGoff Group and delivered by principal contractor McGoff Construction, the development is a new concept in inter-generational living, bringing young and old together to form a thriving new hyperlocal community with proven health, social and wellbeing benefits for all. All aspects of the development will also be operated by the McGoff Group.  Renowned for providing exceptional residential, nursing, respite and dementia care services in a comfortable and safe environment, the Group’s multi award winning care home provider, New Care, will take responsibility for the 66-bed care home. The nursery will be operated by Back to the Garden, the Group’s natural child-led day nursery concept.  It will be the second site in the UK for the innovative nursery concept that focusses on active learning and outdoor play in a garden setting which has already enjoyed considerable success at its first site in Broadheath, Altrincham.

Finally, the McGoff Group’s residential brand Villafont will deliver the 45 retirement apartments under a new sub-brand Villafont Concierge which will offer an impressive specification and enhanced lifestyle package for those looking for a luxury property with the option for elements of domestic support to enable continued independent living.

Bringing together the best of care for both the oldest and youngest members of the community, the new concept is designed to offer the potential for old and young to spend time in each other’s company on a regular basis which has many proven mental and physical health-related benefits including an increased understanding and appreciation of each other’s abilities and limitations, building tolerance and compassion and helping the elderly remain more mentally and physically alert.

Director at the McGoff Group, Chris McGoff, commented: “A development like this is something that we have wanted to do for a long time and a concept that we believe passionately in. Thanks to the finance from Puma and Octopus, it can now take shape.  We are excited to see how it becomes part of the local community and hope it can set a new blueprint for future schemes.

“Adjacent to the canal and next to an entry onto the Pennine Trail and with lovely woodland views, the leafy position of this site will appeal to all target age groups and will be perfect for young and old to enjoy.”

Plans Submitted for Apartment Scheme in Old Trafford

Plans have been submitted by Victor (Old Trafford) Ltd, a joint venture between MC Construction and McGoff Group, for an exciting new residential development on brownfield land to the east of Warwick Road South in Old Trafford. 

The proposals would result in an exceptional new apartment scheme with enhanced amenities and social spaces designed for high quality, post-pandemic living.  Set over three distinctive four and five storey blocks, the development comprises 126 apartments (78 one bed and 48 two bed) with internal balconies set around an attractive open air inner courtyard.

An integral part of the overall design concept, the inner courtyard promotes the flow of fresh air around the development and offers a mix of considered hard and soft landscaping and embedded seating areas to enable residents to socialise safely.  Internally, apartments are generously sized and benefit from a modern layout. They are dual aspect with large windows to provide good ventilation, plus a flexible floorplan that meets the increasing need for a home office or studio set up allowing for living and working in comfort. 

Close to good public transport links, including the Metrolink stop at Old Trafford, and offering 25 car parking spaces and cycle storage for all apartments, the development also has superb sustainability credentials. The scheme was designed by architects Corstorphine & Wright with Paul Butler Associates as planning consultants. If the planning application is successful, work will start in Q4 2021.  McGoff Construction, part of McGoff Group, will take the role of main contractor.

Director at MC Construction, Mike Purcell, said: “We commenced site assembly along Warwick Road South in 2016. Our intention is the much needed regeneration of the brownfield area adjacent to a transport hub which acts as gateway to the world-renowned Old Trafford. We have had positive talks with Trafford Council over several years about our development plans which complement its Civic Quarter Masterplan to the opposite side of the Metrolink tracks. We are delighted to have now submitted plans for a quality scheme with our partners at McGoff Group.” 

Director at McGoff Group, Chris McGoff, said: “We are really excited about the plans for Warwick Road South.  The Old Trafford area has huge potential and we believe the development will make a positive contribution to the redevelopment of the area making use of a brownfield site in a highly sustainable location close to public transport links and good local facilities.”

Based in Altrincham, McGoff Group is a £150m collective of like-minded businesses with a seamless ability to acquire, design, build, operate and maintain across targeted healthcare, residential and commercial sectors making it the favoured choice for clients, funders, joint venture partners and supply chain partners alike.  Driven by second-generation family values, innovation, excellence and operational expertise, the McGoff name signifies quality, agility and an unbreakable force that is well equipped to sustain the business for future generations to come. 

A re-design for Market 41 in a post-covid world

With rays of light emerging for the UK’s hospitality industry as a result of the highly successful vaccine roll out programme, the award winning McGoff Group can announce that it has been working behind the scenes on a comprehensive rethink of Market 41 to enable it to be delivered and function in a safe and viable way in a post pandemic world.

The leisure sector has faced unforeseen challenges with business models turned on their heads and thrown into doubt. With the prospect of having to cope with social distancing and the potential looming threat of more indoor dining closures for the foreseeable future, it has meant that if a project of this nature is to come to fruition, it has to respond with a solution that provides operators and project funders with the confidence it needs to enable stakeholders to buy into the concept.

As such, re-worked plans are now emerging which still anchor the project with a food and beverage-led offering on the ground floor and provide traditional market and pop up trading provision, but in addition and so as to make the project more sustainable and defensible against the prospect of future lockdowns or restrictive trading environments, economic viability and diversification will be evident via the introduction of first floor level office pods and second floor hotel-style rooms The result will be a sustainable community hub, which encourages a multifunctional, leisure and working environment to thrive.

McGoff Group completes £85m Salford Development

The McGoff Group has completed Downtown, its £85m 374 Manhattan-inspired apartment development on the banks of the River Irwell in Salford, 14 months ahead of schedule. Located on Woden Street, the development was designed by Leach Rhodes Walker Architects and built by McGoff Construction, part of the McGoff Group.  Partners during the build programme included Heyrods and HE SIMM.

Right from the start, Downtown has been a huge success for the McGoff Group, with all properties sold off-plan. The range of one, two and three bedroom apartments, combined with its convenient location on the Salford and Manchester border, resulted in high demand for the properties from overseas investors, with the sales secured in Hong Kong, Singapore and Dubai through Alliance Property.  UK investors as well as owner-occupiers keen to reside at the city centre’s most desirable residential address also snapped up the apartments.


Phase I of Downtown (164 apartments) completed in April 2019.  Completions for Phase II are now underway for the remaining 210 apartments, with Manchester law firms Fieldfisher and Beyond Corporate both involved in the transactions.

Paul Danks, Group Sales Director at McGoff Group, comments: “Downtown has been an incredible success story for the Group, both in terms sales and the faster than anticipated build programme, which meant the development was completed approximately 14 months ahead of schedule. “Following the completion of Phase II, we are very much looking forward to our continued involvement in the residential asset management of this exciting building, ensuring our residents truly enjoy their stay at Downtown.”


Due to the success of Downtown sales, the McGoff Group established Downtown Asset Management (DAM) to oversee building management, lettings and property management, plus other services such as bespoke furniture packs.

Downtown is an iconic building in Manchester’s skyline featuring six statement blocks, interlinked, with each boasting a stunning exterior that has been cloaked with a glistening façade of gold coloured panels. The apartments have floor to ceiling windows offering outstanding views and a contemporary open-plan layout, with some benefiting from private terraces. The development offers high end hotel-style services including a lobby with 24 hour concierge, gymnasium, thermal suite, media room, postal room, private dining and business centre.  It also provides secure undercroft parking, landscaped grounds, residents’ roof garden and terraces.